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Aug. 11, 2014 | 1:22 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ actor J.J. Murphy dies, role won’t be recast

The Night's Watch, with actors Mark Stanley and Ben Crompton. (Helen Sloan / HBO)
Belfast-born actor J.J. Murphy died Aug. 8, just four days into filming his scenes for HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones.” The actor, who was 86 years old, had been cast to play the eldest member of the Night’s Watch, Ser Denys Mallister. Murphy was one of the new additions to the ensemble cast of the sprawling hit series adapted from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice” novels, which will return for its fifth season next year; show runners and executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff will not be recasting the role. “He was a lovely man, and the best Denys Mallister we could have hoped for. And now his watch is ended,” Weiss and Benioff said in a joint statement. The veteran performer, who also had a role in the upcoming “Dracula Untold” alongside another “Game of Thrones” alum, […]
June 02, 2014 | 3:26 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’ delivers a crushing blow to Twitter

There’s no shortage of lessons to be learned from the crushing end of Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” episode “The Mountain and the Viper.” It’s hard to say who was more horrified by the turn of events — the viewers who took to Twitter with their outrage, the Red Viper’s partner in PDA, Ellaria (Indira Varma), or Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), who might have the lousiest luck in Westeros. If you haven’t caught up on the latest installment of HBO’s bloody saga, stop reading now before it gets ugly. Last night’s show culminated with the battle we’ve all been waiting for: Tyrion’s ostensible defender, Oberyn (Pedro Pascal), versus the burly and merciless Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson), Tywin’s most formidable henchman. The Red Viper, who was avenging his sister’s rape and murder at the hands of the Mountain, was in the lead for the majority of the fight, […]
April 14, 2014 | 4:07 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Iceland’s Sigur Ros covers ‘The Rains of Castamere’

If it’s doom and gloom you’re looking for, then look no further than Sigur Ros’ version of “The Rains of Castamere.” The tune is a calling card of death on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and it showed up most recently on Sunday’s episode, “The Lion and the Rose,” which featured the demise of one major player, possibly the series’ most-hated character. If you missed the installment, you might want to stop reading now. Though the song might have been King Joffrey’s idea of a cheery number, “The Rains of Castamere” shouldn’t be played at any wedding, unless you’re trying to get your guests to leave. The Icelandic trio — drummer Orri Pall Dyrason, bass player Georg Holm and singer Jonsi Birgisson — appeared for a brief moment playing their funereal version at the wedding of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery […]
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